The latest Newsletters for Year 1 can be found below
Leaving Reception and moving into Year 1 can be a big step for both children and parents. At Monks Orchard, we aim to make this transition as smooth as possible, by supporting everyone involved in their next learning step. In Year 1, children will still be learning through active learning, and will continue to explore and discover in creative ways, in line with the Key Stage 1 Curriculum.
We have pride in ensuring that this transition begins with a ‘getting to know each you’ phase. In the Summer term we will invite Reception parents to a special coffee morning where you can meet the Year 1 teachers and see the classrooms. It is just as important for your child to get to know their teachers and support staff as it is for the teachers and supportive staff to get to know them!
Initially, we are flexible with our learning timetable, we can adjust this accordingly, to ensure that the children are happy and feel safe and secure before moving on to new learning. Also in this initial stage, we re-establish classroom rules, as well as explore the core values of the school. We make sure that the children know how to Collaborate, Aspire, Empathise, Respect, Reflect and be Resilient in child-friendly fun way!
Your child’s day may be a little more structured than it was in Reception and they may have to sit at a table for a little longer than they are used to, but we ease them in slowly so that this is a gradual process.
What will my child’s day look like in Year 1?
Each day, morning learning typically consists of Phonics, English and Maths. The afternoons are dedicated to the wider curriculum.
We follow a Phonics program called Read, Write, Inc. which offers a great set of fun, pacey lessons designed to stimulate your child’s learning of phonics. Phonics is a vital part of developing your child’s reading! Your child will already have experienced RWI in Reception and will be used to the structure and content of the lessons. At Monks Orchard, we assign children to different phonics groups depending on their level of need. These groups are continuously assessed and children move groups all the time, so that they are constantly challenged all year through.
We try and link our English lessons to our curriculum topic as much as we can. We focus a lot of the basics that underpin good writing. It is important that the children learn to write sentences that include a capital letter, fingers spaces and punctuation. We then progress onto writing more complex sentences using adjectives and conjunctions.
Handwriting and in particular letter formation are also very important and we focus a lot on these aspects, especially during the Autumn term.
In Maths, we try and to make our lessons as practical and interactive as we can. We use the CPA approach. Concrete (physical objects e.g. counters, dienes and unifix cubes) Pictorial (pictures and drawings) and Abstract (equations etc) to cement the four basic operations – addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. We work first within 10, then 20 and then up to 100 building on the children’s knowledge as we progress through the year.
In the afternoon, we take part in a variety of Curriculum based learning which includes Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Music, PE, Design and Technology and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).
Our Curriculum lessons are topic based, for example, Superheroes, Dinosaurs or Moon Zoom! We make the lessons as interactive and practical as possible. We like to involve you in your children’s education through home learning and workshops. We also like to celebrate what we are learning through special days e.g. dress up as a superhero day.
How will my child be assessed in Year 1?
In the Summer term, children will have their phonic knowledge assessed. All schools in England will administer the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check.
The checks consist of 40 words, 20 real words and 20 nonsense words that your child will be asked to read on a one-on-one basis with their teacher. We aim to make it as enjoyable and informal experience for your child.
The Phonics Screening Check is an assessment of how well your child can use the phonics skills they have learned so far. Your child will be scored against a national standard and the result the main result will depend on whether they are working towards or at the expected level.
In addition to this, children will be assessed on other subjects on a termly basis to check the progress of their learning so far. This is completed through teacher assessment. We use the results of these assessments to help us plan for future lessons, ensuring that we can move onto the next developmental steps in the children’s learning and where necessary, bridge any gaps that the children may have.